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False Claims Act: Circuit Court Questionably Construes Scienter Requirement

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently issued an opinion addressing the False Claims Act's intent requirement. U.S. ex rel. Phalp v. Lincare Holdings, Inc., No. 16-10532, ___ F.3d ___ (11th Cir. May 26,...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Original Sources under the FCA’s Public Disclosure Bar

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we...more

Free Parking, Yes, But No Stark Law Claim

by Ruder Ware on

A federal court recently dealt a victory to a health care provider over whistleblower allegations that free parking and valet service at a medical office building violated the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute....more

CMS continues to tinker with new physician Quality Payment Program created by MACRA

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an advanced copy of its latest proposed rule revising the Quality Payment Program created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The...more

Second DOJ Complaint: Knowledge of Invalid Codes Requires Follow-Through to Avoid Liability

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The DOJ’s recent complaint-in-intervention in US ex rel. Poehling v. United Health Group — one of two qui tam cases against United Health currently pending in the Central District of California — emphasizes the government’s...more

Healthcare Data Breach Enforcements and Fines

by Bryan Cave on

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) is responsible for enforcing the Privacy and Security Rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”)....more

MedPAC Takes Anti-POD Stance in Report to Congress, Echoing an Increasingly Uniform Consensus

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a non-partisan group that advises Congress on Medicare policy, released its annual Report to the Congress on Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System...more

Court Puts the Brakes on Whistleblower's FCA Parking Claims

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that, in fiscal year 2016 ending September 30, it obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims. More than half of this...more

"Meaningfully Useful" Risk Mitigation Strategies for Providers Following the eClinicalWorks Settlement

by Jones Day on

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH Act") established financial incentives under Medicare and Medicaid for eligible health care providers that adopt, implement, and demonstrate use...more

Twelve-Year Sentence for Medicaid Diaper Scam

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Maria Paz Garza was the King Midas of incontinence supplies: she turned diapers into dollars—over two and a half million of them, according to the government’s indictment. She did it through a scheme that charged Texas...more

DOJ’s New Healthcare Fraud Target—Medicare Advantage Insurers

by Blank Rome LLP on

The government continues to seek ways to rein in healthcare costs. Now it has set its sights on the Medicare Advantage Program. Medicare Advantage Plans, sometimes called “Part C” or “MA Plans,” are offered by private...more

Patient Safety Issues Highlighted in DOJ Settlement and Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Report

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

As we know, the move away from fee for service reimbursement models is not only intended to reduce costs by no longer paying providers based on the volume of services performed, but is also intended to improve the overall...more

Deeper Dive: Meeting the FCA’s Intent Requirement

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we will...more

Co-Winners of May’s Low-Return Fraud Award

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

We have a tie! Danielle Burroughs and Tim Arthur are co-winners of the Low-Return Fraud Award for the month of May. On May 30 a federal court ordered Danielle to pay a whopping $2.8 million in restitution for her role in a...more

The Enforcement Risks for Medicare Advantage Plans Continue: A New False Claims Act Settlement in Florida

Recent activities of the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Qui Tam whistleblowers reveal that Medicare Advantage Plans remain at the forefront of investigations for violations of the federal False Claim Act (“FCA”) for...more

Reasonable Interpretation of Ambiguous Regulation May Not Preclude False Claims Act Liability

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent appellate court ruling governing all federal court cases in Florida, Georgia and Alabama establishes that a defendant in a False Claims Act (FCA) case cannot rely on a defense that there was no intent to defraud the...more

Reducing the risk of False Claims Act qui tam actions

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Under the Federal False Claims Act (FCA), the presentation of a false claim for payment to the federal government can result in significant liability for providers participating in government-payer programs such as Medicare...more

The Latest in the Epipen Medicaid Drug Rebate Saga – Where Are We Now?

The latest installment in the ongoing saga over EpiPen Medicaid Drug Rebates came on May 31, 2017, when Senator Charles Grassley issued a press release stating that between 2006-2016 taxpayers may have overpaid for EpiPen by...more

FCA Deeper Dive: Objective Falsity and Medical Necessity Cases

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The FCA continues to be the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool for investigating allegations that healthcare providers or government contractors defrauded the federal government. In the coming weeks, we will...more

Proceed with Caution in Using New Process to Self-Report Stark Law Violations

by Barley Snyder on

Effective June 1, health care providers must use standardized forms for reporting Stark Law violations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These forms are part of a self-referral disclosure protocol (SRDP)...more

Preventing Overpayments from becoming False Claims

by Dickinson Wright on

Overpayments to healthcare providers receiving Medicare reimbursements are at risk of civil and criminal enforcement action if not attuned to a particular reimbursement rule and diligent in compliance with the rule’s...more

A Striking EHR Settlement: The DOJ pursues an EHR Vendor for "Causing the Submission" of False EHR Incentive Payment Claims

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On May 31, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $155 million settlement with eClinical Works (ECW), a nationally-known electronic health records (EHR) software vendor. The settlement arises out of a lawsuit,...more

Anchors Away! Physical Therapists Rejoice (and Book a Tropical Getaway) as CMS Extends Locum Tenens Arrangements

Even doctors get sick sometimes, or need to take a vacation, and when they do, patients are not seen and billing does not happen. Cue locum tenens – a system used by providers to ensure continuity of care and revenue when...more

An Unsettling Settlement: Health Plan to Pay $32 Million to Settle Coding and Provider Network Misrepresentation Charge

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On May 30, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it reached a settlement with commonly-owned Freedom Health Inc. and Optimum Healthcare, Inc. (Freedom Health) — two Tampa, Florida, managed care plans — to settle...more

May 2017: The Top 10 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. May 2017 was no different, with...more

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